- Associated Press - Monday, March 26, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau is abandoning his bid for governor.

Thibodeau said in a statement Monday that he can’t fulfill his jobs of leading the Senate in the final weeks of the session and also running a private business while campaigning for governor.

He said he’s “truly disappointed” but that it’s the right decision.

His announcement leaves four Republicans in the race: House Leader Ken Fredette; state Sen. Garrett Mason; former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew; and businessman Shawn Moody.

The primary is scheduled to take place June 12.

Thibodeau, who’s viewed as a centrist, has often been at odds with Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Term limits prevent LePage from running again in 2018.

This story has been corrected to fix the candidate’s name in the headline. It is Thibodeau not Thibobeau.

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